While I’ll admit to sometimes making my daily blog project at the very last minute, I do try to work at least a few days ahead. This takes the stress off, but sometimes it adds to it. That’s because I don’t like showing you something that you can’t actually buy right away if you want. So today’s project has been on my mind for a while but hampered by the ribbon being temporarily out of stock. Thankfully it’s back and I can finally show you this pretty decorated gift box.
BOX WITH A WINDOW
I have to say that this project really is very simple. I began with a Kraft Gift Box (shown on page 140 of the Stampin’ Up! 2022/23 Annual Catalogue). The pack of 10 boxes arrives flat so all I had to do was fold along the pre-scored lines and sharpen the creases with a Bone Folder. Then I peeled off the backing from the adhesive already placed on the square tabs. Starting at the end nearest the window section I folded in the tabs and secured them to the short side pieces. This created the fold-over lid.
Then I removed the backing from the adhesive on the tabs at the other end, Repeating the process I tucked the tabs in and secured them to the short sides on the solid (back) of the box. Just two tabs with attached adhesive remained, and I these fix to the other end of the short sides on the solid (back) section. It might sound complicated, but with the actual box in front of you it will make perfect sense.
So with the six tabs secured I had a fold-over box with a clear peek-a-boo panel in the lid. All I had to do was decorate it.
I began by wrapping 30″ of 7/8″ Natural Finish Ribbon around the box and tying it in a bow.
Next from the Hand Penned Petals Stamp Set I chose the “Thank you” sentiment. Using Tuxedo Black ink I stamped the sentiment onto a scrap of Thick Basic White Card. Then I cut it out using my Paper Snips. I wasn’t sure exactly where to place the sentiment, but in the end decided I preferred it best actually on the ribbon. So I put some small pieces of Tear & Tape Adhesive on the back and pressed it into place.
All I needed now were a few flowers and leaves and for that I pulled out the Penned Flowers Dies. In the set there are a number of dies designed to cut out stamped images from the Hand Penned Petals Stamp Set. However I wanted the smaller solid alternative shapes.
I started by using a Blending Brush to add a light layer of Fresh Freesia ink over some scraps of Fresh Freesia Card. Then I die-cut one of the largest and two of the medium flowers. After that I cut a second of the larger flower from a scrap of Highland Heather Card. For the leaves I chose Garden Green Card and cut two each of the largest and medium leaf shapes.
Attaching the pieces to the box was quick and easy using Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow). I began by fixing the leaves on either side of the bow. Then I glued on the two larger flowers, one above and one below the bow. Finally using small pieces of Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals I added the two smaller flowers and my decorated box was complete.
You know it’s funny to think that it took me longer to explain what I did than to actually do it. That’s how crafting and blogging goes sometimes. Still I hope you like this box project. By the way the finished size of the box is 4-1/2″ x 6-5/8″ x 3/4″, and it’s made of food-safe materials.
TWO BOX OPTIONS… Did you know that until August 31st, 2022 you can choose a pack of 10 Kraft Gift Boxes for free simply by placing a $60CAD order (before shipping and taxes). What’s more, the stamp set and dies I used today would meet that minimum order value. However, in order to get the boxes as a free item make sure you enter the special item number when prompted for your Sale-a-Bration choice during the check out process. Please note the special item number will only work while stocks last during the current Sale-A-Bration promotion and if you qualify for a free item and enter it when prompted for your choice.
Otherwise you can simply buy the boxes at the current catalogue price using the link below.